Seeking feedback on new Framing the Future Report
To Public Health Program Directors and APTR members,
ASPPH’s Framing the Future Task Force, has produced a report entitled, "A Master of Public Health Degree for the 21st Century.” This report is intended to be a consensus document that will have a key role in affecting CEPH’s future deliberations on the shape of public health education.
The full report can be found at:
The major thrust of the document is to dramatically shift the focus of the MPH degree away from a common core and towards specialization. This approach is summarized in four statements in the report:
The report explicitly states that core competencies, some of which are listed below should be taught, "at the level of knowledge and comprehension,” whereas specialty competencies should aim at, "higher levels of learning including analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.”
- The MPH should be designed as an advanced degree focused on specialist education that is directly responsive to the needs of students and their prospective employers.
- An in-depth concentration should be a distinguishing element of a 21st century MPH degree.
- The core should typically comprise no more than a third of the content or credits of a newly designed PH degree but may be more…
- The practicum and the culminating experience in the MPH degree should be considered primarily as elements of the concentration rather than as elements of the core.
Partial list of core competencies listed by the report, to be taught at the level of knowledge and comprehension:
a) Concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection, analysis and interpretation.
b) Evidence-based reasoning and informatics approaches.
c) Population health …..approaches, and interventions that identify and address the major health-related needs and concerns of populations.
d) Concepts of project implementation and management.
e) Public health-specific communication and social marketing, including technical and professional writing and the use of mass media and electronic technology.
f) Respectful engagement with people of different cultures and socioeconomic strata.
g) Principles of effective functioning within and across organizations and as members of interdisciplinary and interprofessional teams.
Another concern is that the report makes no mention of combined degrees, and how if at all the curriculum relates to those with other disciplinary expertise seeking to also study public health.
It is critical that the ASPPH and CEPH hear from anyone with concerns about this proposed direction. If you think the core competencies, including the ones listed above, should be mastered at a higher level than comprehension, and/or if you think the combined degrees need to be considered in any attempts to re-design the MPH, it is critical that your voice be heard.
Please share this report with your faculty and your practice partners, and post your comments and concerns here in this forum, which is open to Council and APTR members.
In addition, please plan to attend the APTR Annual Meeting, Teaching Prevention 2014, on March 20-21. The meeting will include a Council Business Meeting and a breakout session addressing this report.
You are also encouraged to send comments and concerns to:
The Chair of the Framing the Future Task Force and Dean, University of Southern Florida School of Public Health:
Donna Petersen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ASPPH staff for Framing the Future Task Force:
Elizabeth Weist (email@example.com)
Although no formal process is yet in place, you might also consider sharing concerns with staff and board members of CEPH.
Last edited Friday, January 31, 2014